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Typhoid Mary – 1909

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Willmar Tribune, 20th October, 1909 p3

The Autocracy of Boards of Health (edited)
The health board of the city of New York has got an innocent, strong capable Irish woman, who used to be a cook in a private family. By evidence that appeals only to a bacteriologist, they convicted this poor woman of being a typhoid germ carrier. The irish woman is perfectly healthy herself, has never had typhoid fever, and yet they declare her to be a veritable walking typhoid germ culture. She is doomed to perpetual sentence in a dingy old building called the pest house. They are proposing to keep her as long as she lives, or at least as long as they choose to keep her.

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